We have just spent 3 nights with Gerry & the team at Lake Moeraki. A great experience in a remote and untouched corner of NZ that we thoroughly enjoyed - from the lush bush to the harsh coast it is a wonderland, untrammelled by human intervention. And after visiting the wilderness there is the comfort of a luxurious lodge,with a warm welcome, informed and informative staff, plus great food and service. Absolutely top class.
Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki is set in a stunning native forest ecoscape beside the lake and peaceful Moeraki river outlet. Gerry, Anne and Darren were superb and attentive hosts over the five days we stayed there, taking us out to explore new highlights every day. Gerry is one of New Zealand’s most experienced and knowledgeable eco guides, and he bought the native forest, wildlife, beaches and history of the area to life for us. Our accomodation and the main lodge were great, kayaking on the river and lake was memorable and fun, and the food prepared for us each day by Kim was always first class. We cannot recommend Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki more highly to anyone who wants to experience South Westland’s unspoiled natural environment at its best.
The Wilderness Lodge is like a micro-USA National Park minus the vending machines and traffic. Gerry is the Park Ranger (and hydro-power station manager), he is a real character. We stayed 3 nights which allowed time for the changeable West Coast weather and to enjoy the surroundings. Accommodation - Our river-view room was nice. Lovely outlook, clean, well maintained with a light, modern bathroom, mini-fridge and kettle. The lodge is an older building but is v comfortable. The complimentary washing machine, dryer, laundry powder and drying room were super-handy. Food and drink - Don't bother bringing supplies unless you fancy a sneaky wine or beer in your room. Meals were delicious, plentiful and the chef was accommodating about food preferences . The wine was excellent and, despite the isolated location, cheaper than the same bottles in Wellington restaurants. Guided tours - Do them all and definitely the 1/2 day penguin tour Sept-Nov. We were really chuffed with the Oamaru blue penguin colony in the days prior, so were a tough audience. But the penguin tour with Darren blitzed our expectations. The complimentary tours - we did the rainforest, eels, glow worms and kayaks - were excellent. Gerry was entertaining and knowledgeable, his bird call is oddly effective (tried it at home, only the cat looked up) and he kindly rejigged tours around the weather. Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki was the highlight of our trip, it has a really nice vibe - enjoy Gerry's stories and tours, explore the walking trails, and read books in the lounge during the West Coast rain. Very highly recommended!…
What an extraordinary experience of all that is so unique about New Zealand. Here you are nestled in the embrace of an ancient forest, on the shores of a shimmering lake, and hosted by the incomparable Gerry McSweeney - an eco warrior who has done so much to protect this part of New Zealand and enhance our understanding of its special qualities. With partner Ann and excellent help from Darren (and Mitsi?), you are superbly looked after in great comfort, allowing you to indulge in the flora and fauna treats of this magical world. It's all here; the towering 1000 year old rimu and kahikatea, the beautiful Fiordland crested penquin, ruru and the dawn chorus of bellbird and tui. Thanks for sharing this place Gerry and Ann and for your hard mahi to make it one of the most wonderful places I have ever visited. I will return.…
We spoke to a few people about Wilderness Lodge prior to going and had a general expectation on what was in store. Very good accommodation - not super luxury but really comfortable with good amenities and very much fitting the wilderness feel. Food was again - not the flamboyant degustation menus of many lodges but it was very good, well presented and plentiful. The most impressive aspect was having three days where the time seemed to vanish as we explored some of the most amazing forests, beaches, wetlands, rivers and lakes anywhere on the planet. Gerry was the most knowledgeable and passionate guide imaginable. Walks - literally from the door of our room were breathtaking. Stargazing into the milky way at night was incredible and only distracted by glowworms hanging in the mosses and lighting up trees. Kayaking from the front of the lodge on mirror-like water was magical as waterbirds, fish and towering trees held us spellbound. We will be back..…
Before I arrived at the lodge I had no idea what to expect. To say I was blown away an understatement, this as a unique experience, the service, food, environment, as good as we have ever experienced. We loved everything about our 3 day stay. From the trip to feed the eels, on our first night, the kayak trip across Lake Moeraki, the walk to Monroe Beach. Awesome. The 3 day package included all meals, and Jerry and Ann looked after us brilliantly. I was so glad I had brought my camera with long lens as photos of birds, amazing wilderness forest will be remembered for the rest of my life.
This isolated spot is magical. The staff are incredible. Gerry’s knowledge and quirky sense of humour made this an outstanding experience. Anne, Gerry & Darren went out of their way to make our stay wonderful. Jamie is a sensational chef. Thanks heaps
Staying at the Moeraki Wilderness Lodge was the highlight of our recent holiday to the South Island. The serenity of the setting, the amazing food, the guided bush walks with Gerry, and the comfort of the rooms all stand out as features we remember. The native bush walk through pristine forest to the secluded beach was a highlight for my husband. Feeding the eels with Gerry was what my daughter will remember. I loved the kayaking on the still waters of Lake Moeraki. Highly recommend this as a holiday destination.
We had returned for a second visit as we enjoyed the first visit so much.We enjoyed the wildlife experience very much. The penguins and bird life were amazing. . The setting is amazing. So peaceful . Anne ,Jerry,Darren and Jamie were very attentive . Nothing was too much trouble. Food was amazing.So much to see. We will go back again.
We had an amazing stay at the lodge. Gerry, Anne, Darren and Jamie the chef were all very welcoming and nothing was too much bother. The location is beautiful, the walks are fun and the guided Penguin walk was the highlight. We saw 13 Penguins and Gerry is a great guide. We were also lucky to see the space X on our night walk. We saw dolphins twice and the weather was great. The food is fantastic. The rooms, lounge bar etc are all lovely and the grounds are a treat with plenty of birdlife. No overseas travel at the moment but we have amazing places like this to visit so come on kiwi's go and visit these guys you won't regret it.